NOTE: This is after this week's games.
#1. Gonzaga (2-0)
I don't think anyone is surprised with this one. Gonzaga slaughtered Kansas and Auburn and looks the team to beat so far. The trio of Drew Timme, Corey Kispert, and Jalen Suggs is scary.
#2. Baylor (2-0)
The Baylor Bears were the number one team in America most of last year, so this should not be surprising at all. So far Baylor has beaten Louisiana and Washington by 30+ and has been dominant in both games.
#3. Iowa (2-0)
Two words. Luka Garza. He is my pick for player of the year and by the way he has been playing, he could easily win it. But then you add guys like Joe Wieskamp, the McCaffery twins, CJ Fredrick, and Jordan Bohanon, and you've got a contender out of the Big Ten.
4. Duke (1-0)
I think Duke is underrated this year. Freshman Jalen Johnson dropped 19 and 19 in his first ever collegiate game. And any Coach K team is a National Championship contender.
#5. Illinois (3-0)
Illinois started off the year with 2 wins of 59+ point margins. The third game was different. They got into a dog fight with Ohio, a game that came down to the final seconds. Nonetheless, the still got a very meaningful win. Their duo of Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn might be the best in the entire country.
#6. Houston (3-0)
Ok, this may be a reach. Currently Houston is number 17 in the country just beating number 14 Texas Tech. But this team is elite. Their guards might be the best in the country. The best are Marcus Sasser, Quentin Grimes, Tramon Mark, and Caleb Mills. Remember those names. And do not be surprised if this team makes a deep NCAA tournament run. You heard it here first.
#7. Kansas (1-1)
Yes, they already have a loss. But it was to the number 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first game of the year. It is still very early in the year, and there is a lot of time to climb up the rankings by winning some big games.
#8. West Virginia (3-0)
West Virginia's defense is the second best in the country in my opinion just behind Virginia. WVU has great shooters such as Miles McBride and Sean McNeil and great big men like Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe. And do not forget about Taz Sherman on the bench, a guy that can really put the ball in the basket.
#9. Tennessee (0-0)
Tennessee hasn't even played a game yet, but I expect them to have a strong year behind coach Rick Barnes. And it doesn't hurt that Tennessee plays two ranked teams all year (Kansas once, Kentucky twice).
#10. Creighton (1-0)
It is kinda pathetic that they only beat North Dakota State by 11, but Creighton should see a great year due to the Big East's regression and the fact that Creighton still has key players from last year such as Mitch Ballock and Marcus Zegarowski.
I could not be less concerned about the San Francisco loss. It is early in the year and it will not matter in the long run. UVA has two great transfers in Sam Hauser and Trey Murphy III, along with Kihei Clark and Jay Huff, returning for the 2020-2021 college basketball season.